Graduate Programs
CARTBuild your future with the academic experiences offered through the CMU Department of Physics graduate programs:

You'll have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to meaningful research projects, work in world-class facilities and closely interact with distinguished professors.

Applications

Applications for admission to any of the graduate programs in physics are available through the College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Admissions
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Master of Science in Physics (M.S.)

Minimum Total for Graduation: 30 hours

The requirements for the M.S. in physics are based on a core of 12 semester hours in advanced mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics. 3 hours of seminar are required, and 6 hours of credit are given for the thesis. In consultation with an advisor, you will select at least 9 additional hours in areas of specific value to you. The program is normally completed in 2 years. There is no qualifying examination, and no foreign language is required.

Degree Map

Course offerings are organized on a 2-year cycle.

The suggested degree map for students starting in an ODD year is:

 

Year 1

Year 2

Fall

PHY 624 (3)
PHY 517 (3)*
PHY 685 (1)

PHY 643 (3)
PHY 554 (3)*
PHY 685 (1)

Spring

PHY 634 (3)
PHY 556 (3)*
PHY 685 (1)

PHY 644 (3)
PHY 552 (3)*
PHY 798 (3)

Summer

PHY 798

PHY 798

The suggested degree map for students starting in an EVEN year is:

 

Year 1

Year 2

Fall

PHY 643 (3)
PHY 554 (3)*
PHY 685 (1)

PHY 624 (3)
PHY 517 (3)*
PHY 685 (1)

Spring

PHY 644 (3)
PHY 552 (3)*
PHY 685 (1)

PHY 634 (3)
PHY 556 (3)*
PHY 798 (3)

Summer

PHY 798

PHY 798

Elective courses are marked with an asterisk (*).

If you have a special interest in astronomy, you would usually choose Observational Astronomy (AST 562 offered during the fall semester of odd-numbered years) and Astrophysics (AST 563 offered during the spring semester of even-numbered years).

You can also opt for Independent Study (PHY 790) or cognate courses in disciplines closely related to your area of specialization, such as courses from the Science of Advanced Materials Ph.D. program (SAM 620, SAM 630, SAM 700, SAM 710, and/or SAM 720).

Recent Theses

A list of recent thesis titles from CMU Department of Physics graduate students includes:

  • Electronic Structure of Oxide/Semiconductor Interfaces
  • Dendrimer-assisted Energy Conversion Processes
  • Problem-based Learning in an Introductory Physics Course
  • Relative Line Strengths for the Hyperfine Doublets in Cesium
  • Rheology of Saline and Polysaccharide Systems
  • Structural Study of Nanocrystalline K-Li-Mn-O-I

Employment of Graduates

Recent physics graduate students from CMU have found employment in industry, in four-year colleges, and in museums and public planetariums. Many also continued graduate studies in a variety of fields including optics, nuclear physics, materials science, medical physics and engineering.

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